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Dynamic Youth Award Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of using Dynamic Youth Awards?
How does the Dynamic Youth Award support the youth work outcomes?
Why should we recognise achievement?
Is there a programme we have to follow?
How much time does a young person spend on their Award?
Why is peer assessment part of the Awards?
Are there guidelines to follow?
What's the difference between Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards?
Do employers and college value the Dynamic Youth Awards?
Do you offer training?
How are the Awards quality assured?

What are the benefits of using Dynamic Youth Awards?

The Dynamic Youth Award is a nationally recognised award for young people age 10+ that provides a means of recording and evidencing their achievements within the activities that your project or programme offers.

Almost every organisation working with young people is required to provide evidence of the progress made and benefits gained by the young people involved in their programmes, whether it be for managers, funders or regulatory bodies.

The Dynamic Youth Award offers a way of capturing the learning and benefits gained through young peoples' involvement in your programmes. The award can provide evidence of participation, progression and distance travelled in a way that reflects an individual young person's circumstances.

How does the Dynamic Youth Award support the youth work outcomes?

Dynamic Youth Awards support personalisation and choice through encouraging young people to choose challenges based on their interests and identify personal targets providing a flexible and enriched learning experience. The awards help learning providers to accredit achievements in a range of settings allowing the opportunity for partnership working.

Curriculum for Excellence stipulates that young people's achievements should be recognised, "in any setting where children and young people are learners".(Building the Curriculum 3). Because Dynamic Youth Awards are personalised to each learner, it is entirely possible that a young person could complete part of their Award in school, and part of their Award outside of school.

Why should we recognise achievement?

Achievement should be recognised because:

  • more effective recognition of achievements can increase self-esteem, improve motivation and keep young people engaged in learning
  • it encourages young people to reflect on their learning - where they are and where they want to go - and help them to articulate their skills gained in interviews with potential employers, colleges or higher education
  • it helps deliver aims, values, purposes and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence - where planning opportunities for personal achievement is an integral part of the curriculum
  • young people tell us they want it recognised

Is there a programme we have to follow?

Dynamic Youth Awards provide a framework for accreditation, meaning there is no programme to follow. The young person completes a challenge based on their interests and abilities. The awards are used within existing or planned projects and activities.

Almost any learning experience can be accredited, as long as it follows a Plan-Do-Review process and evidence can be provided.

How much time does a young person spend on their Award?

The minimum time commitment for Dynamic Youth Awards is 5 hours. There is no maximum time commitment, and nor is there a limit on the number of Dynamic Youth Awards a young person can complete. 

Dynamic Youth Awards have five levels of commitment:

  • One star: 5 to 15 hours
  • Two stars: 16 to 30 hours
  • Three stars: 31 to 100 hours
  • Four stars: 101 to 250 hours
  • Five stars: 251 hours +

Why is peer assessment part of the Awards?

Peer assessment is widely recognised as a rich form of quality assurance as peers are well-placed to provide relevant and direct information. Furthermore, by being part of a peer group responsible for one-another's work, peers develop social and emotional competences as well as gain knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence. 

What's the difference between Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards?

Dynamic Youth Awards are for those aged 10+. A participant has to spend a minimum of 5 hours on a DYA. There is no upper limit of hours. We recognise the level of responsibility each young person takes on in their award. These are externally quality assured by the SQA.

Youth Achievement Awards are for those aged 14+ (16+ for Platinum). They come at four different levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level takes on a different level of responsibility and an increasing number of hours. These are an SQA customised award. 

Are there guidelines to follow?

Yes. You can download guidelines for Dynamic Youth Awards from this page

Do employers and colleges value the Dynamic Youth Awards?

Employers and colleges are looking for young people to demonstrate how they will take the initiative in their studies or job. Dynamic Youth Awards encourage young people to take on responsibility and work both on their own and with others.

When a young person receives their award they keep their certificate and portfolios, which can then be presented at interviews.

Do you offer training?

Youth Scotland offers a variety of awards training. More information can be found here. 

How are the awards quality assured?

The Dynamic Youth Awards are assessed initially by the worker who in turn passes them to an internal verifier within their organisation to double check. The awards are then submitted to Youth Scotland for final checking and certification. For full details see here.

Have we missed something? If there's a question you think we should add to this list, please email the Awards team and let us know. You can send suggestions to awards@youthscotland.org.uk

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